Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Sheena Van Parys of Home Instead in Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk.
The festive season is just around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about what to get the grandchildren this year. To make your Christmas shopping easier, we have put together a list of gift suggestions to delight your grandchildren. Prices shown are approximate.
Gifts for babies and toddlers
Baby Doll Pushchair: (£10)
If your little one loves dolls, this is a perfect gift for them. It is always fun pushing the baby to the park on a sunny day.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr: (£5)
The gentle illustrations have unbeatable child-appeal and make this a perfect book to read aloud.
Orchard Toys Rescue Squad Jigsaw Puzzle: (£7)
Children can enjoy piecing together the jigsaw puzzles, then matching the characters to them before letting their imagination take them away!
Gifts for kids aged 5-11
Canned Food Play Set (£8)
Stock a pretend kitchen with this collection of lidded cardboard play-food cans and you'll have all the ingredients for colourful, imaginative play. Open and close, fill and stack, sort and match- the children will have a pretend-play flavour for every taste!
4M Great Gizmo Glow Crystal Growing (£10)
Grow your own beautiful crystals which when fully grown measure up to 4cm x 5cm with different colour or glow possibilities.
Orbeez Soothing Foot Spa (£20)
Give your hands and feet a treat in the soothing softness of Orbeez! With removable hand bowls and a luxurious foot tub, the Orbeez Soothing Spa takes relaxation to a whole new level of fun.
Gifts for teenagers
Star Wars Stormtrooper Look-ALite (£20)
The Stormtrooper Look-ALite is a cool addition to the Star Wars legion of LED lights and is just the loyal lamp you need to help combat the darkness!
Mini Arcade Machine (£20)
Bring the joy of the 80s retro gaming era into your life with a fully functioning arcade machine.
Basketball Laundry Net (£9)
Shoot and score with your dirty laundry! A basketball net that hooks to that back of a door is the perfect way to have fun looking after your things.
I’d love to hear from you! To make a suggestion for a future topic, please write to me at [email protected] or by post to Home Instead, Nidderdale House, Station Yard, Ripley HG3 3BA. Alternatively, you can also call me on 01423 774490.
Sheena Van Parys